German carmaker Audi has confirmed the launch of the Audi A8 L in India on July 12. Bookings for the car have commenced for a token amount of Rs. 10 lakh at the brand`s outlets and on its official website. Dealer sources revealed that the luxury flagship from Audi will be priced at Rs. 1.5 crore (ex-showroom, India).
Designwise the new Audi A8 L redesigned front end with a much bolder and bigger front grille. Another thing to note is the inclusion of the angled air intakes beside the fog lamps which are now surrounded by a newly designed chrome strip. Another noteworth feature is Audi`s new Digital Matrix LED headlights featuring approximately 1.3 million micro-mirrors to split light across the driver’s lane, will also be available with the new Audi A8.
Under the hood the new A8 L features a 3.0 litre turbo petrol engine with mild-hybrid technology like the outgoing model. There will be no diesel engine on offer. The luxury Limo comes with a plug-in hybrid powered by a 3.0-litre V6 engine with a total output of 461hp, as well as a S8 Performance version with a 570hp, 4.0-litre V8 petrol engine in the overseas markets.
Inside the cabin the facelifted A8 L will get a 10.1-inch infotainment touchscreen through which the driver and front passenger can control the navigation and media controls. Also available will be an 8.6 inch display for controlling the seating functions and climate control. The India-spec model is expected to get two additional 10.1-inch infotainment screens for the rear passengers along with an updated software version available on international models.
Once launched the new Audi A8 L will rival the likes of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and the BMW 7-Series for which prices start from Rs 1.6 crore and 1.40 crore respectively. Audi will be bringing the car to Indian shores through the CBU route like the earlier model. Watch out for this space for more updates on the new A8 L.
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